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Thomas McDermott

Thomas McDermott

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
PO Box 999
Richland, WA 99352


Tom joined the lab in August 2016 to provide technical leadership and project management for the Laboratory's research portfolio in distribution analysis and automation, demand response, and distributed energy technologies. His primary focus is on novel simulation, modeling and analysis capabilities. Prior to that, he was at the University of Pittsburgh, MelTran (his own company), Enernex, Ansoft (now part of ANSYS), Electrotek Concepts, PTI (now part of Siemens) and Westinghouse Electric. Tom's career highlights include contributions to OpenDSS and other open-source software, contributions to standards (IEEE 1547, 1410, 1243 and 1749 along with IEC 61968), and contributions to commercial software products (PQWeb, Maxwell, SIMPLORER). He's performed many grid consulting projects that span modeling, analysis and measurements taken in the field. Tom has also taught nine different undergraduate and graduate university courses for credit. At PNNL, his two largest initial projects involve software simulation platforms for transactive energy systems and for Advanced Distribution Management Systems.

Research Interests

  • Circuit, device and system simulation
  • Grid integration of renewable energy, storage and responsive loads

Education and Credentials

  • Ph. D., Electrical Engineering, Virginia Tech
  • M. Eng., Electric Power Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • B. S., Electric Power Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Affiliations and Professional Service

  • IEEE Power and Energy Society, Industry Applications Society, Standards Association
  • Cigre
  • Licensed Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania, #PE-035275-E

Awards and Recognitions

  • IEEE Fellow, 2014, "for contributions to modeling and analysis of electric power distribution systems and lightning protection"
  • IEEE Fortescue Fellowship, 1980-81
  • NSF GRFP Selected, 1980

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